December’s usually a slow publishing month, but not this year. If you want to read some great new fiction this December, look no farther.
First, the latest Fiction River volume, Hex In The City, appeared just today. Put together by acclaimed editor Kerrie L. Hughes, Hex In The City features stories by award-winning authors Jay Lake and Lee Allred, bestsellers Nancy Holder and Seanan McGuire, as well as stories by me and Dean. The book’s available in e-book and trade paper, and will be out in audio soon. You can find copies in the format of your choice at your favorite retailers, online, or in all e-bookstores.
Speaking of audio versions of Fiction River, Christmas Ghosts’s audio version has just appeared. It features the voice talents of Jane Kennedy and Jerimy Colbert, among others, and is perfect listening material for those mid-winter commutes. (I have a story in that volume too. In fact, I have stories in all the Fiction River volumes. You can subscribe to next year’s anthologies at a great price by clicking here.)
If you like space opera–and who doesn’t?–then Bryan Thomas Schmidt edited an anthology just for you. It’s called Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For A New Age. You’ll find stories from Mike Resnick, Allen M. Steele, Sarah A. Hoyt, Brenda Cooper–and me. In fact if you want to know why all those women wear skimpy clothes in the space opera portraits, read my “Rick The Robber Baron,” and you’ll find out. Available in ebook and trade paper at your favorite retailers or order a copy here.
And since we’re talking about classic forms of fiction, here’s one more anthology for you. Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia gave Joe Lansdale, Peter David, Mercedes Lackey and many others the chance to play in The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I read Tarzan at that perfect age of adventure–yes, I was twelve–and so I decided to do a Tarzan story. Leave it to me to emulate Burroughs and not the movies. So there’s no jungle, but lots of adventure nonetheless. Available in trade paper and ebook from all the various venues. You’ll have a lot of fun here.
I know, all this will keep you busy until the New Year, but you’ll need something to read then as well. Here’s a bargain you can’t pass up–and you can give it as a gift (or gifts!) as well. Fiction Bundle is offering its first bundle and it’s a doozy. For a minimum price of $6, you can get seven e-books and donate to charity. The ebooks are good too. I’ve read many of them. They include one of my favorite Kevin J. Anderson novels which he wrote with Doug Beason, Assemblers of Infinity, Frank Herbert’s The Godmakers, a marvelous short story collection by Tim Pratt, and one of Dean Wesley Smith’s most memorable novels ( another of my favorites), Dust and Kisses. Plus you’ll get a collection from Hug0-winner Brad R. Torgerson and a marvelous fantasy novel from David Farland. And no, I’m not in this one. I just think it’s a great deal.
So head on over to Fictionbundle.com, and load up on reading material for you and everyone on your list who has an e-reader–and give money to two worthy causes at the same time.
Lots of reading, lots of possible gifts here, and lots of fun. Merry, merry!